Design Engineer - Tooling and Equipment

Job description

Job title: Design Engineer - Tooling & Equipment

Responsible to: Design Manager - Tooling & Equipment

About the Company

Brompton wants to transform cities. By providing the means to commute or explore with a bike that you can take anywhere and store anywhere we can make cities better places to live in. Our high quality products, combined with resurgence in cycling, means that we are enjoying strong, sustained growth. If we are to continue to thrive we need to recruit great people who can contribute to our ambitious aims. We are a truly global company exporting 80% of our production to 45 countries around the world and intend to produce over 50,000 bikes this year; though we believe we’re just getting started. We can offer you a job you won’t find anywhere else.

The role

At Brompton we manufacture all our frame parts in London and assemble them into bikes on a production line at the same site. Most of the knowledge to build such a successful product is embedded in the machines, tooling and equipment that are used to make our bicycles.

The majority of equipment has been developed in-house by our engineering team over many years but there is significant scope for modernisation and the need to provide suitable equipment to meet increasing demand. Having well designed factory equipment is one of the main reasons we can offer better products than our competitors and we need more of it.

Over the last five years we have been actively developing our manufacturing and assembly processes using lean principles. We are also increasing our efficiency and sophistication by developing automated machines, clever jigs and fixtures and expanding our use of CNC machining and digital systems.

We are looking for an experienced mechanical design engineer with praiseworthy experience to help expand our capabilities and work on projects that will accelerate the modernisation of our factory.

Main duties

  • You will lead projects to design and deliver new or modified production equipment to the factory. Projects could include devising intricate brazing or assembly fixtures, specialist hand tools, metal forming tools and integrating CNC machines or automated solutions for production.
  • You will work alongside other Design Engineers and liaise with Production and Assembly managers to verify design briefs, communicate progress and hand over completed projects efficiently.
  • You will be expected to formally issue CAD files, technical drawings and maintain project records using our document control system.
  • You will provide technical support for daily production such as analysing quality problems and helping to deal with issues that may hinder production.
  • You will produce work that considers all relevant standards and directives and have an active role in meeting the health and safety requirements of factory machines and equipment. You may be involved in CE marking and design stage risk assessments but design for safety will be applied throughout.

Personal qualities

  • You will have a Degree in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant engineering discipline.
  • You will be able to demonstrate your experience of designing manufacturing and assembly equipment such as jigs, fixtures, tools and machines etc.
  • You will be capable with 3D CAD software (preferably SolidWorks) and will be able to demonstrate modelling, assembly and engineering drawing to a good standard.
  • You will have a broad appreciation for modern manufacturing processes such as CNC, digitally controlled equipment, CMM or robotics. Any experience in machine elements such as pneumatics, PLC programming, safety control systems and automation will be most beneficial.
  • You will have a natural and intuitive feel for engineering and applying sound design principles. It’s important that you have a natural aptitude for avoiding problems, obtaining results and recognising the correct subject matter to research and apply.
  • Experience of bench testing, conducting trials, experiments and proving out principles is essential.
  • You will have great attention to detail and a duty of care to design safe and ergonomic equipment.
  • Experience of specifying and sourcing technical components and standard parts from proprietary equipment suppliers is very desirable.
  • You will have a good understanding of the design process, material selection and standards, (especially the Machinery Directive and ideally PUWER 98).
  • Experience operating workshop machinery such as lathe, mill and bench tools would be an advantage.
  • You will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully managed projects; setting targets, managing the work and measuring the success of the outcome.
  • You will be able to work independently, directing your own research and learning when needed but you will be supported and inspired by others so a social friendly outlook is required.
  • We desire someone who is genuinely passionate about manufacturing and able to take satisfaction from seeing your efforts make a visible contribution to the ongoing success of Brompton Bicycle Ltd.


Brompton offers you a very excellent working environment with enthusiastic colleagues who get along very well, communicate and cooperate with each other. The working climate is informal, but we work hard. Next to good terms of employment Brompton offers you the opportunity to work in a responsible and challenging job within a dynamic, international and ambitious environment. We are all proud to be part of Brompton Bicycle; we all share the same passion and dedication to the company and embrace differences in cultural backgrounds and skills.

  • Huge discount on your very own Brompton (family and friends get discount too)
  • Position to thrive. Whether you’re early in your career or an experienced professional, Brompton provides you with everything you need to excel in your job and for personal growth. You will be actively encouraged to increase your skillset and to attend relevant events
  • 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, increasing the longer you stay with us
  • Workplace Pension Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Childcare Vouchers, Flexible Working, Cycle to Work Scheme to name just a few…..
  • Birthday Breakfast, Family Fun Days, Christmas Parties, London to Brighton Bike Rides, Charity Raffles, Volunteering with the local community all go towards creating a working environment that is fun and enriching

Job requirements

Only Candidates with the Right To Work in the UK will be onsidered